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Human Frailty: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 25

Human Frailty 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 25 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? What do our human frailties have to do with this? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa's advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does God grant... Read More

Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 20

Having a Rule of Life 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 20 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke's book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today's show, Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a rule of life? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Topics/Questions covered in the show: Motivation vs. structure when... Read More

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones? In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (i.e. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because... Read More

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness

Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 4 of 5

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 ~~ Dan Burke, President and Founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of Navigating the Interior Life, recently joined Johnnette Benkovic on Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part II of II)

In our previous post on envy, we looked at what envy is and how it manifests in our lives. Today, we will examine the difference between envy and jealousy and talk about getting some prayer and perspective on this issue. Jealousy and Envy There is a difference between jealousy and envy. They are often used in the same way, but are two different things. Jealousy is the feeling that someone has something... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part III of III

November 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don't do anything. What's going on with me, and what I should I do about this? In... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part II of III

Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don't do anything. What's going on with me, and what I should I do about this? In... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part I of III

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don't do anything. What's going on with me, and what I should I do about this? The... Read More

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?

Dear Father John, you used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually,... Read More